Characters: The Bartimaeus Trilogy

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Bartimaeus

One of the series' main protagonists. His chapters are always written in first person. Bartimaeus is a fourth (or fourteenth) level and ancient djinn, summoned in the trilogy by Nathaniel.
  • Been There, Shaped History: He often talks about past historical events he had a hand in. Some of them are difficult to believe, but djinni being very ancient, it's possible and even probable that he did participate in most of those historic events he brags about.
  • Combat Pragmatist: Although he is about as powerful as his level implies, he usually avoids direct fighting.
  • The Cynic
  • Deadpan Snarker: To the point that he snarks in life or death situations.
  • Failure Knight: He continues to take Ptolemy's form centuries after his death.
  • First-Person Smartass: In his chapters, oh yes.
  • Jackass Genie: A given in this universe, in fact if anything Bartimaeus is much nicer than most other genies, because he has no real desire to hurt innocents (all magicians are fair game, however).
  • Jade-Colored Glasses: His enslavement at the hands of countless magicians changed him into a cynic fairly fast.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He claims to hate humans, but actually is one of the nicer djinn.
  • Large Ham: Even his Inner Monologue sounds hammy.
  • Literal Genie: Like pretty much all of them, but not as extreme an example as many of them.
  • Miles Gloriosus: He is about mid-level in power as far as spirits go, but to hear him talk sometimes you'd think he's the top of the top. It could be justified by the fact that, according to him recalling his first summonings, spirits are more powerful at their primes and only decay while they are summoned over time.
  • Noble Demon: More or less literally.
  • Restored My Faith in Humanity: When Kitty proves her trust by coming over to the Other Place, he chooses to help them stop the spirit rebellion even though it would be incredibly dangerous.
  • Self-Serving Memory
  • Smug Snake: Very much so, despite being semi-heroic. Most of his accomplishments are either exaggerated or through pure luck. Although he can pull off some genuinely amazing things when he gets down to brass tacks.
  • Sophisticated as Hell: His narration style usually fluctuates between amusingly colloquial and smartly analytical.
  • Unreliable Narrator: While he was genuinely involved in any number of historic events and has many legitimate feats to his name, a good number of his past "accomplishments" are exaggerated, made up, or technically true but far less impressive in context (his "speaking with Solomon" was brief and consisted mainly of pathetic grovelling on his part, for example.)
    • A notable example occurs near the climax of the first book: Bart describes himself as remaining calm and composed despite the dire situation. Immediately afterwards at the start of the next chapter, Nathaniel's third person perspective describes him as visibly panicking.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Grows into this with Nathaniel. Well, sort of.

Faquarl


  • Alas, Poor Villain: Right before Nathaniel and Bartimaeus kill him, Faquarl admits that he misses the Other Place and implies he envies their partnership.
  • Been There, Shaped History: He claims to have invented the Trojan Horse. Bartimaeus is skeptical but can't prove anything, as he was in Egypt at the time.
  • Chef of Iron: He's fond of taking the form of a meat-cleaver wielding chef, and has been hanging around kitchens since 700 BC. "Lots of nice sharp weapons in kitchens."
  • The Chessmaster
  • Curbstomp Battle: Gives one to four spirits who technically were at his level.
  • Death Seeker: Right after killing Faquarl, Bartimaeus ponders that Faquarl could have perfectly dodged his attack. Actually, Faquarl's last line suggests that he did choose to let himself be killed.
  • The Dragon: To Simon Lovelace, and later to Quentin Makepeace and Nouda.
    • Dragon-in-Chief: He may be much weaker than Nouda (pretty much everybody is), but Faquarl is the one who does most of the plotting for the spirit rebellion.
  • Evil Chef
  • Evil Counterpart: To Bartimaeus. The author even describes the relationship between the two as a friendship gone horribly wrong and that many similarities they share only magnify the enmity between them.
  • He Who Fights Monsters: By the third book, he has become this.
  • Friendly Enemy: Possibly the most collected and well-mannered spirit, even while facing his worst enemies.
  • Jack of All Stats: He's significantly stronger than Bartimaeus, and much more versatile and intelligent than Jabor. While Bartimaeus generally succeed in outmaneuvering him, it's clear that he considers Faquarl the biggest threat on the table.
  • The Man Behind the Man
  • Not So Different: By permanently stealing a magician's body and starting a violent spirit revolt, he becomes the very thing he resents. He comes to realize it.
  • The Rival: To Bartimaeus.
  • Rock Monster: Bartimaeus remembers Faquarl's oldest form as a slate giant crushing Greek hoplites under its feet.
  • Villainous Breakdown: He has one when he confronts Nathaniel and Bartimaeus, who are mind-linked together, and realizes that neither of them has any dominance over another.

Jabor


  • Beast Man: His favored form is an Anubis-like jackalman, something that never varies and that kills him in the end.
  • Big Eater: Bartimaeus profiles him as being "always hungry".
  • Blood Knight
  • The Brute: Monstrously strong, probably the single most powerful djinni in the series, but also an easily outsmarted moron who can't comprehend any strategy beyond Crush. Kill. Destroy!.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: Sucked into and then shredded by Ramuthra's rift. Even all his strength didn't avail him in the end.
  • Dumb Muscle: Described as "moronically strong to the point of indestructible".
  • Leeroy Jenkins: Ostensibly.
  • No Indoor Voice: "COWARD! Always you run and sneak and hide. Stand and fight!"
  • One Djinni Army: He takes on an entire army of horlas and assorted utukku and survives.
  • Unstoppable Rage: When he gets going, he lets nothing in front of him go unblasted, something which Bartimaeus repeatedly takes advantage of.

Simpkin


Honorius


  • And I Must Scream: Until Kitty's gang came along, he was sealed inside Gladstone's body, permanently cut off from the Other Place. It did not help his state of mind.
  • Ax-Crazy: He is completely insane, which is not surprising, given he was buried alive for centuries. And he was left with quite a few sharp implements to defend Gladstone's tomb with...
  • Cloudcuckoolander: A rare very dark example, frequently segueing straight into Ax-Crazy.
  • Cool Mask: He wears Gladstone's golden death mask.
  • Dem Bones: As he was permanently locked in Gladstone's body he appears as an animated skeleton. Unlike a typical spirit guise, he's a real, physical skeleton.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: Gets mentioned in Bartimaeus's flashback at the start of the book, as one of the two spirits who lead Gladstone's army in Praga, along some another called Patterknife.
  • Psychopathic Manchild: Enjoys quoting nursery rhymes even as he's busy killing off the entire Resistance.

Ammet


Nouda the Terrible


  • Bigger Bad
  • Big Eater: What he doesn't destroy or enslave, he eats, and it pretty much doesn't matter what - spirit, human, inanimate object, all goes straight into one of his many maws. Ultimately leads to his downfall as he breaks out of the human body he was encased him, leaving him vulnerable to iron.
  • The Dreaded
  • Eldritch Abomination: He's the real deal, surpassing easily the level of mareds. Even the most powerful artifacts, such as Gladstone staff don't even dent him.
  • Evil Overlord
  • He Who Fights Monsters: He seeks vengeance against the magicians for millenia of enslavement, but his plans will result in the death and suffering of all humans, not just magicians and their allies.
  • Names to Run Away From Really Fast: "Nouda the Terrible".
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Set loose on London, mass casualties immediately ensue.

Ramuthra


  • The Dog Bites Back: Lovelace summoned Ramuthra to kill all of his enemies in one place. Once Lovelace loses his immunity to the being's powers, Ramuthra promptly eats him.
  • Eldritch Abomination: Another Nouda-like Great Old One, but even moreso. His mere presence causes the elements to rebel against each other and reality to warp.
  • Nothing Is Scarier: Ramuthra's form itself is never seen - he is only visible for the warping he causes in the air surrounding him.

Uraziel the Great

The spirit of Solomon's Ring. By far the most powerful being seen in the series, eclipsing marids and even greater spirits like Ramuthra and Nouda with ease.
  • Cast from Hit Points: His immense power has this effect on anyone who wears the ring.
  • Cosmic Entity: The closest thing to an Outer God the series has.
  • The Omnipotent: He can't use his power unless the ring is turned, and he can't leave it of his own volition. Aside from this, his power seems to have no limits at all.
  • Power at a Price: The ring he inhabits. Just touching it is enough to cause great pain, wearing it even moreso, and using it to summon him drains the users life force considerably.
  • Reality Warper
  • Story-Breaker Power: He casually breaks the series' long established rules of magic as a matter of course.
  • Summon Bigger Fish: Turning Solomon's Ring will summon him. And he himself is capable of summoning tens of thousands of spirits in an instant.
  • Wicked Cultured: Eldritch Abomination tricks are simply beneath him, he is quite calm and well-spoken, and for all his power, he speaks to Solomon like he is an equal.

    Humans 

Nathaniel/John Mandrake

One of the series' main protagonist. At the start of the series, he is an ambitious and talented magician-in-training.

Kitty Jones

One of the series' main protagonists. She is a commoner who later joins the the Resistance to fight the injustices of the magicians.

Arthur Underwood


  • 0% Approval Rating: With the possible exception of his own wife, there is not one single character who likes this guy. Even Lovelace finds him a bit disgusting for being willing to sacrifice Nathaniel.
  • Apothecary Alligator: An item in his study.
  • Beleaguered Bureaucrat
  • Broken Pedestal: To Nathaniel, who at least respected him prior to the incident with Lovelace.
  • Dirty Coward
  • Disproportionate Retribution: When he catches Nathaniel with summoning equipment in his room, he seems to be considering killing him on the spot, and only doesn't do so because "his judgment would be called into question."
    • He also rather fondly recites the story of Disraeli turning his apprentice to stone for accidentally knocking him over, and threatens to do the same to Nathaniel (who doubts he could).
  • Fair Weather Mentor
  • Grumpy Old Man
  • It's All About Me: He's concerned purely with his own career, and only keeps Nathaniel around as long as he does because it benefits him- after all, if Nathaniel does well, that gives Underwood something to boast about.
  • Jerkass
  • No Accounting for Taste: What his kind and friendly wife saw in him is anyone's guess.
  • Paper Tiger: He pretends to be powerful and respected, but he's a mediocre fool who's quick to cringe and toady when up against more powerful magicians like Lovelace.
  • Selective Obliviousness: He's completely oblivious to the fact that Nathaniel absolutely loathes him after the incident with Lovelace, and has no idea how far Nathaniel is advancing his studies. Even when Nathaniel inadvertently reveals a greater knowledge of magic than he's supposed to have (during the attack on Parliament), it flies completely over his head.
  • Underestimating Badassery: In spite of increasing evidence that Nathaniel's involved in summoning Bartimaeus, Underwood refuses to believe it until Nathaniel outright confesses.
  • Wizard Classic: Strives to maintain the traditional "bushy beard and eyebrows" look. Bartimaeus notes that this is a good indication he's a second-rate poser trying to big himself up (and he's absolutely right).

Simon Lovelace


The Mercenary / Verroq


Quentin Makepeace


Sholto Pinn


  • Almighty Janitor: Is a very powerful magician, but he prefers to hold a first line job in his company.
  • Ambiguously Evil: Although he is shown as an acquitance to Lovelace and Schyler and the man who sold them the summoning horn, he actually doesn't belong to their conspirating circle, and appears to be completely unaware of it.
  • Badass Grandpa: He is the only high level magician to survive the events in the third book, and the only of them who puts a fight when Makepeace's spirits capture all them. In fact, given his lack of spirit aides in contrast with the rest of magicians, he could be one of the few of them who can hold his own without help from demons.
  • Fat Bastard
  • High-Class Glass: Uses a magic monocle instead of the more usual magic contact lenses wore by the magicians.
  • Magic Staff: His cane can fire energy shots.
  • Man in White: Wear white suits.
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Gets one cortesy from a spirit working for Makepeace.

Ptolemy


Asmira


  • Action Girl
  • Amazon Brigade: A ridiculously loyal member of it, until the last third of The Ring of Solomon, anyway...
  • Expy: Of Kitty in several ways.

Khaba the Cruel